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February 23, 2012

Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette is one of the world’s top family business leaders. CampdenFB finds out what’s behind her success. 

February 21, 2012

Bob Rich, sportsman, author and chairman of one of the US’s biggest family-controlled food businesses, explains why ethics matter, family members can’t be complacent and why he'll never retire. 

Sitting in his office one afternoon, Bob Rich received a frantic call from an employee. The man, tasked with heading up the family business’s operations in an emerging economy, had just spoken to border officials, who were demanding bribes to get Rich Products’ goods into the nation. The manager didn’t know what do to.

October 27, 2011

Indian conglomerate Godrej is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. David Bain talks to its chairman about the family aspect of running the business – and why it’s growing so quickly.

Indian conglomerate Godrej is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. David Bain talks to its chairman about the family aspect of running the business—and why it’s growing so quickly.

Paul Polman, the boss of the huge consumer products company Unilever, makes regular visits to India. In fact, since he became chief executive in 2008, he’s been there at least five times.

October 26, 2011

One of Europe's biggest logistics companies is grooming the management skills of the sons of the two brothers who run the business. Rashmi Kumar asks whether the German company has struck upon the perfect succession plan.

Felix and Jens Fiege could easily be Europe’s poster boys of next- generation family business success.

Cousins Felix and Jens are the fifth generation of the Fiege family to work at the eponymous business, set up more than a century ago by their great-great-grandfather Joan Joseph Fiege in the small town of Greven in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

September 26, 2011

There are limits to how far you can develop a business in the world’s most dangerous region – even more so if that country happens to be Israel.

There are limits to how far you can develop a business in the world’s most dangerous region – even more so if that country happens to be Israel.

When you’ve fought recent wars with some of your neighbours it’s not exactly easy to open a new factory or outlet in the neighbouring country, nor plan a regional marketing strategy – areas of little concern for companies in Europe and the US.

January 1, 2002

The Zegna Group, winners of the IMD Distinguished Family Business Award 2000, have successfully redefined and adapted their textile and menswear business to the changing world—never losing sight of the legacy of its founder

The beginnings of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group as a family business can be traced back to the birth of Angelo Zegna in 1859 in the northwestern part of Italy known as Piedmont. Born the fourth child of a farmer, Angelo first worked as a watchmaker. He later became a weaver, which is not surprising, since wool-making and weaving was the most common industry in this isolated and impoverished mountainous area.

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